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Arlek

Member Since 04 Jul 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 15 2010 04:00 AM
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In Topic: Malic Acid Reaction?

15 December 2010 - 03:36 AM

I;ve found myself more sensitive to some kinds of fruit and other things since going gluten-free too.


I don't know about allergies, but when it comes to intolerances and sensitivities, it's perfectly understandable why more of them would appear after giving up gluten. One must keep in mind that certain minerals are required for the production of certain enzymes. After a dramatic change of diet, it's quite understandable that you may develop deficiencies you did not used to have. Those deficiencies can cause a lack of enzymes, which can cause food intolerances.

I strongly recommend considering and/or researching the following array of supplements if you're on a gluten-free diet and are experiencing an increase of intolerance-related symptoms:
• Food grade diatomaceous earth (don't know why, but this has helped a ton, especially with sugar, nuts, etc.); food grade diatomaceous earth is rich in amorphous silica (not the cancerous crystalline silica like the non-food-grade kind); it also contains other trace minerals; it absorbs a lot of water, though, so you'll need to drink more water while you take it (1 to 3 tablespoons full of diatomaceous earth a day is what they usually recommend, though starting with 1, just in case of die-off reactions)
• Zinc picolinate (zinc is needed for over a hundred enzymes; I recommend zinc picolinate over other forms of zinc; zinc oxide has been proven to be ineffective, by the way; try not to take more than 40mg a day; well, I take a 50mg pill once in a while, and a 20mg pill at other times—I figure it should probably balance out since I'm not taking the 50mg one every day)
• Boron picolinate (boron is needed for some enzymes; boron picolinate is the only form of boron I've tried, but I can feel that it does work; perhaps a borax foot soak would work, too, but I haven't tried that, yet)
• Vitamin A (if you have a zinc deficiency, odds are you have a vitamin A deficiency, too, even if you've been eating enough vitamin A)
• Vitamin D3 (lanolin-derived; I've heard this is good to take with zinc and vitamin A for some reason I don't remember—but even if it doesn't relate to enzymes, it'll still be good for you in lots of other ways, especially if you get depressed and stuff like that)
• Magnesium malate (magnesium is needed for hundreds of enzymes; be very careful not to overdose on magnesium—it can be bad; if you just follow the pill bottle's advice, you'll probably be fine; other forms of magnesium might be good to try, too, especially if you have problems with malic acid)
• Malic acid (malic acid and magnesium malate are not the same thing, by the way; magnesium malate is a synthetic compound of magnesium and malic acid, while malic acid by itself has nothing to do with magnesium; you can order pure malic acid by the pound at nutsonline.com)

Also, it's good to know that metal poisoning can inhibit some enzymes. For instance, mercury and lead can inhibit the enzymes responsible for digesting wheat gluten and milk casein.

Both diatomaceous earth and malic acid help to remove toxic metals from the body. Malic acid is said even to help remove aluminum (aluminum can damage the liver and kidneys, and thus lead to all sorts of food-related issues). So, these might help to clear those out so your body can produce more enzymes and use them properly.

If you're concerned about aluminum, I strongly recommend avoiding mineral salt deodorants (those made with alum, which is a mineral compound, partly of aluminum), antiperspirants, processed cheese, aluminum cookware, tin foil, calcium antacids (the ones with aluminum in them) and such. Dessert Essence deodorant might be a good one to consider. It actually uses borax (sodium borate) instead of aluminum—so you might absorb the borax through your skin and get some benefits of the boron (killing two birds with one stone), although I think it does work as an antiperspirant—so you might not sweat out toxins as needed. I haven't actually tried that deodorant, though, so let me know if you do, and if you notice anything nutritionally from it, heh, heh.

If you have problems with malic acid right now, you might consider trying it again after taking the above-mentioned minerals. There's a possibility that you might have the right enzymes to digest it afterward, if that was the problem.

I haven't actually been taking magnesium, yet, but I've tried all the other things, and they definitely help. I haven't taken malic acid in its pure form (just in something that contains some), but I have some on order—so feel free to ask about that in a few days if you like.

Anyway, since I've started on diatomaceous earth and zinc, I've noticed that I can eat tons of foods that I couldn't handle well before, including the following:
• Raw food (not only can I handle this now, but it actually feels extremely good for me)
• Nuts (though I have an easier time with raw nuts than cooked ones, now)
• Sugar in general
• Pretty much everything is less severe, actually (even gluten, although I haven't eaten lots of it yet to experiment, just a little here and there; I'll probably try that after I add malic acid and/or magnesium to my supplements; I'm excited to see if that helps); I'm not diagnosed with celiac disease, by the way, but I do seem to have issues with gluten (I suspect it might be enzyme-related, or related to heavy metal poisoning and/or worms, but I'm still trying to verify this, as you can see); if you're scratching your head wondering how worms could have anything to do with gluten-intolerance, just keep in mind that they can cause nutritional deficiencies, and nutritional deficiencies can cause enzyme deficiencies (enzyme deficiencies can cause intolerances). So, yeah, might want to make sure you're parasite-free. Parasites can be asymptomatic, by the way. Curezone.com is a great place where people discuss parasites and stuff and natural ways of dealing with them (although if you can convince a doctor to test you for parasites, that might be good, too).

In Topic: Non-aluminum Dedorant

25 November 2010 - 12:47 AM

This may come as a surprise to everyone, but those crystal deodorants that say they're made out of mineral salts are generally made out of 100% alum (despite the fact that they list mineral salts as a separate ingredient). Alum actually is a mineral salt—so that's probably how they get away with it. Do you know what alum is? It's no coincidence that aluminum starts with alum, by the way (there is a relation). The crystal deodorants do work, but I don't think they're at all aluminum-free, since aluminum is part of the compound that comprises alum. I know some of the products claim to be aluminum-free, but they're not if they contain alum. I think I'd rather trust regular deodorant, even though it gives me a rash, but I'm looking for other options.

I had been using mineral salt deodorants for almost eleven years until a few days ago! I do have symptoms of aluminum toxicity, by the way, and they became particularly pronounced at about the same time I started using this deodorant (although I had no idea their might be a relation), though they got worse as the years went on.

Now, you may be wondering what led me to wonder what alum was. I knew I had issues when I ate wheat, oats, dairy and such as that. So, eventually I came to the conclusion that I might have celiac disease. I also considered candida overgrowth. I later considered mercury poisoning. Why mercury poisoning? Well, mercury blocks the enzymes that digest wheat gluten and milk casein—plus, I had a ton of the symptoms. I later considered worms and/or other parasites. Worms, mercury poisoning and candida overgrowth are said to accompany each other frequently, and they all have very similar symptoms (many of which are in common with celiac symptoms).

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I probably did have some form of mercury toxicity, and worms. So, I discovered diatomaceous earth and started taking it. It helped tremendously, but not 100%. Then, after some study, I figured I probably had deficiencies in zinc, vitamin A and vitamin D (as well as probably other things). Zinc is needed to produce all kinds of enzymes, and since I sensed an enzyme deficiency was a major symptom of mine, I figured zinc could help. Also, vitamin A absorption is dependent on zinc. I did a lot of research on zinc and found that many commonly available forms of it aren't effective—this is probably why I didn't notice much benefit from zinc supplements in the past. Zinc picolinate seemed to be the most effective form I could find—so I ordered some. It's actually helping quite a bit. It's awesome stuff. I'm taking vitamin A and D as well, along with it.

Anyway, I came to the conclusion that I had some kind of serious mineral imbalance. Minerals seemed to be responsible for most of my symptoms. I also had symptoms of kidney and liver impairment (although I had to do a lot of research and thinking to put much stock in the notion), and this had me concerned. I still had problems even with the diatomaceous earth and removing just about everything from my diet (although they were worse without doing these things). I figured mercury wasn't responsible for it all. Diatomaceous earth chelates mercury, by the way (and since silver amalgam fillings are 50% mercury, it might be a good idea to drink with a straw; I had less symptoms of toxicity after doing that).

A while back, I decided I should be more serious about removing aluminum from my diet. I switched from non-stick and aluminum pans to cast-iron and glass. I didn't really have a good reason for doing this with aluminum other than the vague rumors I had heard about aluminum being associated with Alzheimer's disease. More recently, I have become more paranoid about it, for one specific reason: just about any mineral in excess is toxic. Aluminum is no exception. Most metal poisonings have a few symptoms in common, I've noticed—either that, or many of the symptoms are along similar lines. I figured aluminum could be part of my problem. So, I started avoiding things packed with aluminum and stuff like that.

In my study of mineral deficiencies, I studied magnesium. I found that epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. I discovered that magnesium deficiency can be treated by soaking feet in water mixed with epsom salt! Crazy, eh? Apparently, the body absorbs magnesium from epsom salt better externally than it does internally. However, I hear it's quite easy to get too much—so be very careful if you try it.

Suddenly, I remembered that I was wiping minerals on my armpits every single day. I had no idea what minerals were in my deodorant, but I had never thought of them as metals until this time. All I knew was that it contained natural mineral salts and ammonium alum. I wondered if my armpits were absorbing toxic levels of some mineral or other, and if perhaps this was contributing to my problem. For all I knew, the natural minerals could have been salt forms of lead, mercury and aluminum. So, I decided to research it. I looked up alum. It all unfolded from there.

I do have personal knowledge that the minerals in these deodorants are absorbed through the skin to a deeper level, by the way (I knew that before I knew the deodorant was an issue). It is difficult to explain how, and I don't have proof, but I do know for myself. I know some people try to claim that the particles are too large, but that simply isn't true. It should be fairly easy to conduct experiments to prove the matter, however.

Anyway, after some further study on aluminum, I discovered that it can cause kidney and liver issues, as well as other issues I have.

I was very surprised to note that antacids contain aluminum. I took a lot of those when I was a kid, for the sake of the calcium. However, aluminum kind of gets in the way of calcium absorption—so that was way counter-productive, apparently. Processed cheese is supposed to have lots of aluminum.

I thought it was interesting that they're trying to engineer new kinds of grains that are resistant to high aluminum soils. Apparently, they're worried about too much aluminum preventing wheat and such from growing. I wonder if wheat absorbs more aluminum then say something like cabbage. I wonder if there's any kind of correlation between celiac disease and aluminum.

Anyway, I recommend studying up on aluminum some more. It's a regular part of everyone's diet (some people's more than others). We should probably know what it's doing to us, and how we're getting it.

In Topic: Reese's Pieces

18 August 2010 - 08:54 AM

but I can tell you that I reacted to Planter's dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts not too long ago. They, too, are supposed to be gluten-free, but I reacted--and then about six hours later …

I don't know if they've changed the labeling since your post, but I seem to remember reading that they're manufactured with other products that do contain wheat. In fact, I think most peanuts that come in those shapes of jars are associated with wheat somehow (Planters, Great Value, Kroger, etc.) The only peanuts I really trust are the Kroger ones that come in the shorter cardboard cylinders with plastic peel-up lids (the salted and lightly salted varieties that aren't mixed with other nuts). I get those a lot. Their honey roasted ones and some of the others in the same shaped containers look like they're fine, too, but I haven't tried them to be sure.

In Topic: Popcorn And Gluten?

26 February 2010 - 03:15 AM

I am only a month being gluten-free. I thought gluten was my problem, but I have also found that dairy, soy, mushrooms and potatoes, among other things, make me sick. It didn't seem to matter if the popcorn was seasoned or unseasoned, it still made me sick.

I eat a lot of corn tortillas (I trust them to be gluten-free) and I don't seem to get a gluten type reaction from them. Something in my diet is still making me sick and I hope its not corn. Thanks for the comments. Mark


I'm surprised no one has mentioned cross-contamination. From what I understand, this is fairly common with plain popcorn (not microwaved). Correct me if I'm wrong there. The only two kinds I've checked on were cross-contaminated, anyway. Let me know of any that aren't. I'm still looking.

Also, from what I understand, many corn tortillas are also either cross-contaminated or contain a gluten ingredient. The only ones I know for sure are safe are the Mission brand ones. All mission brand corn products are free of gluten and cross-contamination.